Mental Health Advocacy Services,

Spanish-Speaking Paralegal / Legal Services Advocate

Posted
25 days ago
Employment type
Full-time
Location
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION:

Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and advance the legal rights of low-income adults and children with mental health disabilities and empower them to assert those rights to maximize their autonomy, achieve equity, and secure the resources they need to thrive. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination. MHAS also serves as a resource to the community by providing training and technical assistance to attorneys, mental health professionals, consumer and family member groups, and other advocates. Finally, MHAS participates in impact litigation and policy work to improve the lives of people with mental health disabilities.

About this job

FOUR DAY WORK WEEK, FRINGE BENEFITS, & WORK CULTURE:

On January 1, 2023, MHAS proudly and permanently adopted a four-day work week. After completing a six-month trial of a four-day work week in 2022 (https://www.mhas-la.org/blog/mhas-pilots-4-day-work-week), MHAS found what almost all other companies that have moved to a four day work week have found: the four-day work week improves organization productivity and employee health, reduces gender inequality, and creates a more sustainable work environment. All full-time MHAS employees, including this position, work four, eight-hour days per week. Candidates seeking part-time employment may also apply. The MHAS office is closed on Fridays.

Other benefits include paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave; employee health, dental, vision, long term disability, and life insurance; and parking/transit fare reimbursement.

MHAS is proud of its collegial, family-friendly culture that respects the work/life balance of its employees. To that end, MHAS is willing to consider flexible work schedules and part-time work on a case-by-case basis. MHAS also provides employees with frequent wellness opportunities, including trainings on stress management and mindfulness, group meditations, and regular, informal staff gatherings.

MHAS advocates work remotely with access to the MHAS headquarters office as needed. MHAS equips all employees working from home with needed technology and other office supplies. This position will spend 1-2 days/week on site at partnering health care agency locations in East Los Angeles and El Monte. All staff must be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

ANNUAL SALARY: $52,000-$60,000

Roles & responsibilities

JOB DESCRIPTION:

MHAS seeks to hire a full-time Paralegal/Legal Services Advocate to support MHAS’ provision of legal services to children and adults with mental health disabilities. This position will support two of MHAS’ core projects: MHAS’ Medical-Legal Partnership and MHAS’ Homelessness Prevention project. Through each of these projects, MHAS provides legal advocacy for and direct legal services to vulnerable clients to ensure they have the resources and support needed to achieve better mental health outcomes and overall well-being. Because a large portion of the clients served in these projects are monolingual Spanish speakers, Spanish fluency (oral and written) is required for this position.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:

1. Assist with client screening and intake;

2. Perform general administrative tasks including data entry for timekeeping and case management;

3. Under attorney supervision, provide limited service to clients in cases that involve housing, government benefits, special education, mental health law, criminal expungement, and other issues;

4. Maintain well organized electronic legal files and accurate case statistics;

5. Assist with the administrative aspects of opening and closing files;

6. Collect client data for grant reporting purposes;

7. Participate in clinics and other community outreach projects;

8. Provide other general administrative support as requested; and

9. Assist with other projects and tasks as assigned related to MHAS’ mission.

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Spanish language fluency (oral and written) required.

2. Four (4) year degree or Paralegal Certificate preferred.

3. Prior experience working as a paralegal, legal services advocate, legal assistant, or administrative assistant in a legal setting preferred.

4. Knowledge of various areas of law such as housing, government benefits, special education, mental health law, and/or criminal expungements preferred.

5. Experience in helping the poverty population, including experience in interviewing clients.

6. Excellent organizational skills.

7. Ability to prioritize tasks, manage time, and meet deadlines.

8. Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work well with diverse social, economic, and ethnic groups.

9. Ability to work effectively with staff, volunteers, students, attorneys, various government personnel, and community members.

10. Self-motivated, takes initiative, ability to learn quickly.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION:

Mental Health Advocacy Services seeks to fill all positions with people who share our values, including our organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage all interested individuals to apply - especially people of color; women; people from low-income backgrounds; people experiencing mental health and/or physical disabilities; people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, or non-binary; immigrants; people who have been affected by mass incarceration; and people from other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. We believe that the resulting diversity is both a source of program strength and a matter of fundamental human fairness.

To apply

APPLICATION PROCESS:

View the full job announcement at https://www.mhas-la.org/employment-opportunities. Submit the following to info@mhas-la.org (state “Employment Application” in subject line):

1. Resume;

2. Writing Sample; and

3. Cover letter discussing any and/or all the following: your motivation for seeking the position; your interest in working with people with mental health disabilities; how you meet the minimum qualifications; and/or how your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

MHAS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual 2.27.2023 orientation, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, mental or physical disability, or any other basis protected by law.

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